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Statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.  The 2015 commemoration is themed “Orange the World:  End Violence against Women and Girls”.   In her Statement , the UN Women Executive Director emphasises that violence against women and girls is not acceptable or inevitable, and ...

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A “NO” Excitement Budget – Initial Assessment

by Dr. Peter Ramsaroop The first failure of APNU Jordan’s formulation ofthe 2015 budget was the title “A Fresh Approach”.  His reading of the 2015 budget demonstrated border line incompetence as an Economist.  His title should have read “Building on Economic Success”.  Financial Data numbers at the transition distinctly demonstrated the need to build on the platforms that APNU inherited ...

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The Constitutional (Amendment) Bill No. 1 of 2015 cannot be lawfully passed by a simple majority- Anil Nandlall

This Bill seeks to amend the Third Schedule of Article 222A of the Constitution by adding certain entities to the said Schedule. There are many complex implications which arise from this, ex facie, innocuous amendment. However, in this missive, I will only address the unconstitutionality of its impending passage in the National Assembly scheduled for the 9th July, 2015. It ...

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Can the PPP be saved?

by Ralph Ramkarran (reproduced from www.conversationtree.gy ) The end of the Jagan leadership of the PPP terminated the era of real, as opposed to formal, internal democracy. Its structure and leadership model, third world and Leninist influenced, lent itself to authoritarian methods. But the Jagans ensured full discussions and neither dictated conclusions. Both changed their views from time to time ...

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Heads must roll in the State Media

by Dr. David Hinds I am opposed to any wholesale dismissal of members and supporters of the PPP from the Public Service. There should be no witch-hunting. But there are exceptions in my book–like the State media.Of all the blatant over-reach by the PPP government, the rape of the state media was among the most obscene. But the government could ...

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Hearing the Guyanese People’s Voice: The 2015 Election Results

by Nicholas Birns, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Several days after the Guyanese general election on May 11, a definite vote count has finally been taken. While for a time speculation swirled regarding the outcome, it has become clear, not just by the estimation of the opposition partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change that it has won, ...

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‘Opinions’

by Heston K. Rodrigues “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government…” (Abraham Lincoln, Chicago, December 10, 1856) Over the past few weeks, in fact much longer, I have seen what amounts to a growing intolerance for the opinions expressed on any range of subjects but in particular, the just concluded General & ...

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Guyana: I sympathize with the President but the New Cabinet resembles a thrown together group of individuals rather than a team

by Dr. David Hinds It’s been quite a first week for Guyana’s new Coalition government. They are still basking in the sunlight of an unexpected victory. Their supporters, including this writer, are still celebrating. In such a situation, any criticism of the government is not likely to go down well with the supporters. The new rulers initial missteps—and there have ...

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OPINION: The reckless desperation of the ruling party: when cow ah guh a slaughterhouse….

The calls from various circles are for the cleaning up a real nasty campaign. Call again. Guyanese (and foreigners) can call again unsuccessfully, as one struggling, increasingly desperate side is not listening. For a frenzied PPP has accumulated a record of practiced malice that is premeditated and calculated; there is no stopping it now. This is the damning picture that the ...

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